We recently removed an old aluminum awning from the side of our house and are in the process of getting a Trex deck with a hard roof put on.
Unfortunately, there were several kinds/colors of caulk around the awning where it used to attached to the house. I have chipped off the caulk that protruded from the brick, put there is still a lot left. Our brick is not totally smooth on the outside, but rather kind of rough and the caulk is in all the little pores in the brick.
I have tried a wire brush, a wire brush attached to my drill, and Goo-off, but none of it is working very well. I also have concerns about using lots of chemicals right over our new deck. (I did also try some kind of stripping compound, but when the plastic cup I had it in basically dissolved in my hand, I thought that might not be such a good idea right above my composite deck.)
Any help anyone could provide would be greatly appreciated. I am going today to look for some caulk softening stuff I read about, but I'm not holding out much hope.
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